For the fifth time, Bernd Schneider got his name down on the winners' list of the 24 Hours of Cologne. Together with his Darkdog-team, the driver from the Saarland won the seventh edition of the indoor-classic at the kart track in Cologne-Rodenkirchen. Second place went to the team Wertgrund with Opel-driver Timo Scheider. The NO FEAR Racing Team with J?rg M?ller came home in third place.
The team headed by the 2000 and 2001 DTM-champion lived up to its role as a favourite. In qualifying on Saturday, last year's winners were on top already and claimed pole position. Initially, the joy in the team was huge, but Schneider warned for too much optimism. "Polo position is a good place to start from, but a lot of things can happen within 24 hours." Timo Scheider and his team Wertgrund qualified in fourth place.
"It is just unbelievable. After having looked at the starting list before the race, I thought that victory in Cologne would be impossible this year. And now, it still happened, just great", Schneider enthused after the race. And continued: "A big hand, first and foremost, to my team. These guys have been doing a great job here in Cologne. I am very proud of my team."